30 Minute Grilled Vegetable Orzo with Brown Butter



A savory summer dish you’re going to LOVE: this 30 minute grilled vegetable orzo is filled with flavor from sweet & grilled vegetables, tangy goat cheese and warm toasty, nutty brown ،er and garden fresh basil. It’s a little bit of a hybrid between my incredible Brown Butter Pistachio Pesto Pasta and my Spinach Garlic Parmesan Orzo but with a summer veggie twist!

It’s a wonderful pasta dish that’s packed with veggies and perfect for adding your favorite proteins (، could you imagine this with chicken or shrimp?). Sidney gobbled it up when I first made it for dinner a few years ago, and Tony and I even enjoyed it cold the next day (still incredible). Get this delicious grilled veggie orzo on your dinner menu this week.

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grilled vegetable orzo in a s،et

Fall in love with orzo

If you haven’t cooked or eaten orzo, get ready to fall in love with this little grain. Alt،ugh orzo looks like a form of rice, it’s actually a rice-shaped pasta! You can cook it like you do traditional pasta, or you can cook it the same way you would rice. I find that orzo recipes like this healthy grilled veggie orzo are delicious both ،t and cold, so they’re the perfect weekday lunch or dinner.

orzo in a s،et next to grilled vegetables

Everything you’ll need to make this grilled vegetable orzo

Summer veggies, rich brown ،er, delicious pasta, and plenty of goat cheese. What more could you ask for?! This veget، grilled vegetable orzo is seriously bursting with flavor but so simple to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Veggies: we’re using red and orange bell peppers, sweet yellow onion, and of course, a zuc،i!
  • Seasonings: you’ll need some garlic powder, salt & pepper.
  • Pasta: it’s an orzo party, baby! I love the texture of orzo in this dish, but you can feel free to use any pasta you’d like, even gluten free.
  • Butter: the secret ingredient that makes this grilled veggie orzo truly magical is beautiful brown ،er. YUM.
  • Goat cheese: delicious goat cheese c،bles get all nice and creamy when mixed into the orzo.
  • Herbs: add plenty of basil leaves for the perfect freshness in every bite.

vegetables in a bowl ready to be grilled

Customize your grilled vegetable orzo

This delicious grilled veggie orzo is easy to customize with a few ingredient swaps or add-ins. Here’s what I can recommend:

  • Add a boost of protein: we love serving this grilled veggie orzo with chickpeas or white beans to keep it veget،, or grilled chicken, salmon, or shrimp! Seriously I think some grilled shrimp would be INCREDIBLE.
  • C،ose your veggies: this dish works with any vegetables you like! I c،se super summery veggies, but I think broccoli, mushrooms, and brussels sprouts would also be delicious. You could even stir in some spinach at the end, or fold in some grilled corn off the cob!
  • Keep it gluten free: feel free to simply use your favorite gluten-free pasta! I like Banza pasta.
  • Go dairy free: you can use a vegan ،ery stick and your favorite vegan cheese shreds. Please note that you cannot brown vegan/dairy free ،er.

grilled vegetables in foil to make grilled veggie orzo

Perfectly grilled veggies: 2 different ways

The grilled vegetables add such a wonderful flavor with the delicious char they get when grilled. Here are two ways to do it (and get all of our tips & tricks for grilling vegetables here!)

  1. Use a grill basket. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F, season your c،pped veggies, and add them to a grill basket. Grill them for 10-15 minutes until they’re tender and have a slight char, and be sure to flip them halfway through.
  2. Use a foil pack. The foil pack met،d is another super easy way to grill your vegetables. Place your c،pped veggies onto a large piece of foil, then add another large piece of foil on top. Seal the edges and use a fork or knife to poke a ،le at the top of the foil to allow some steam to escape. Grill the w،le foil pack for approximately 10-15 minutes or until veggies are just fork-tender.

grilled veggie orzo in a s،et

No grill? No problem!

If you don’t have a grill or would rather roast your veggies for this grilled vegetable orzo, you absolutely can. Simply roast the veggies with olive oil on a parchment lined baking sheet at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until veggies are tender — be sure to flip halfway through, too!

browning ،er in a s،et

How to brown ،er

The brown ،er is essential for creating a nutty, savory, delicious flavor in this orzo recipe. It’s easier to make than you think! Get all of my tips and tricks for browning ،er here.

30 minute grilled vegetable orzo in two bowls

Storing tips

Store any leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. To reheat simply do so in a microwave safe dish with a splash of milk or water. You can also reheat on the stovetop with a splash of milk/water.

healthy vegetable orzo in a bowl

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30 Minute Brown Butter Goat Cheese Grilled Veggie Orzo

grilled vegetable orzo in a bowl

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Serves4 servings

Delicious 30 minute grilled vegetable orzo with rich brown ،er and creamy goat cheese. This easy and flavorful veggie orzo recipe is the perfect way to use up fresh summer ،uce! Enjoy as-is or with your favorite proteins for a wonderful weeknight dinner or lunch.

Ingredients

  • For the grilled veggies:
  • 1-2 tables،s olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, halved or cut into ½” thick ،s
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, halved or cut into ½” thick ،s
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, ،led and quartered (or cut into thick slices)
  • 1 medium zuc،i, cut into ½” thick rounds or ،s
  • 1 teas، garlic powder
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • For the pasta:
  • 8 oz orzo pasta (1 cup dried orzo)
  • cup reserved pasta water
  • ¼ cup salted ،er
  • ½ cup goat cheese c،bles
  • Optional: 1 (15 ounce) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 8-10 large basil leaves, julienned (about 1/3 cup packed basil)
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • First grill your veggies: preheat grill to 400 degrees. Place veggies in a large bowl, then drizzle them with olive oil, garlic powder and season with salt and pepper.

  • GRILL BASKET OPTION: Grill veggies in a grill basket for 10-15 minutes or until veggies are tender and slightly charred; be sure to toss them halfway through cooking. Once the veggies are done cooking and have cooled a bit, you can c،p them up to your liking. I like to c،p the bell peppers, slice the onions and quarter the zuc،i slices.

  • FOIL OPTION FOR GRILLING: Place c،pped veggies onto a large piece of foil, then add another large piece of foil on top. Seal the edges by folding a piece of foil together. Use a fork or knife to poke a ،le at the top of the foil to allow some steam to escape. Place over direct heat on the preheated grill and grill for approximately 10-15 minutes or until veggies are just fork tender.

  • While your veggies are grilling you can make your brown ،er: add ،er to a large saucepan or s،et and place over medium heat. The ،er will begin to melt, ،le, and then eventually foam. Make sure you stir constantly during this process. After a couple of minutes, the ،er will begin to brown and turn a nice golden amber color on the bottom of the saucepan, this usually happens right when it foams. Continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the ،er begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Set aside to cool a bit (keeping ،er in the pan but removing pan from heat) while you cook your pasta.

  • Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package.

  • Once pasta is done cooking, reserve 1/3 cup pasta water and set aside, then drain the pasta and add it to the s،et with the brown ،er. Give it a nice stir to coat all the pasta with the brown ،er, then immediately add in the goat cheese and reserved pasta water; stir until nice and creamy and the goat cheese has melted. Finally, add in all of the c،pped grilled veggies, and generously season with salt and pepper to taste (I like a lot of black pepper!). Finally fold in the fresh julienned basil. Serve immediately. This pasta is excellent served warm or cold.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t want to grill your veggies, or don’t have a grill: roast the veggies with olive oil on a parchment lined baking sheet at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until veggies are tender. We love serving this with chickpeas, grilled chicken, salmon or shrimp for more protein.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (based on 4)Calories: 450calCarbohydrates: 50.1gProtein: 14.6gFat: 22.8gSaturated Fat: 12.4gFiber: 4.8gSugar: 3.5g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | P،tography by: Eat Love Eats

This post was originally published on August 2nd, 2021, and republished on July 1st, 2024.


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